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Theresa Andersson 'Na Na Na'

PoppaGator 31 Dec 08 - 12:52 PM
PoppaGator 02 Jan 09 - 11:08 AM
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GUEST,alan k. 02 Jan 09 - 06:39 PM
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Subject: Theresa Andersson 'Na Na Na'
From: PoppaGator
Date: 31 Dec 08 - 12:52 PM

New Orleans' own Swedish songbird, showing off her new self-contained one-woman-band rig, featuring dulcimer, guitar, fiddle, and a small drum kit.

I read in our local press that this became one of YouTube's "most-watched" videos a week or two ago, so some of you may have aleady seen/heard it. But I'm sure that for many more of you, this'll be something new.

I know that Little Hawk, for one, only recently became aware of this artist, and will be sure to appreciate this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2eD4GcLohE


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Subject: RE: Theresa Andersson 'Na Na Na'
From: PoppaGator
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 11:08 AM

refresh

Another of Theresa's one-person-band efforts was recently named NPR's "Song of the Day":

"Birds Fly Away"

Video of "Birds Fly Away"

She's not the first person to "invent" this approach to solo performance, but she's pretty good at it, getting her share of attention, and going on the road alone while continuing her already-established career as a bandleader.

My feeling is that she's doing an excellent job and is about 99% effective. My only minor quibble: near the end of "Birds," as she raises her hands above her head and starts to really wail above the looping track of her background vocals, I first noticed that something seemed to be missing, some slight and subtle but important feeling of human interaction. I had not felt that the entire performance was at all "sterile," but at this potentially climactic moment, I got the sense that something was missing ~ the presence of any other human expression, either vocal or instrumental.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Andersson 'Na Na Na'
From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 03:41 PM

Very impressive!


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Subject: RE: Theresa Andersson 'Na Na Na'
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 03:59 PM

Watching her live show is quite amazing, since she does the same sort of thing as in the video, with a lot of variations and different instruments. She creates personnas of singers and musicians, and then plays/sings along with them while creating others, and somehow micro-managing the whole orchestra at the same time.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Andersson 'Na Na Na'
From: GUEST,alan k.
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 06:39 PM

I don't think the point is whether or not she invented this approach. However, she has definitely pushed this whole approach to a new level. You never see people loop live with such fantastic arrangements. II actually saw her in Knoxville- and she is remarkable live!!!


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Subject: RE: Theresa Andersson 'Na Na Na'
From: PoppaGator
Date: 05 Jan 09 - 01:38 PM

refresh (after a long weekend)

Theresa was a pretty notable talent before she started the solo/looping deal. Now that she can go on the road by herself, she's not only saving a lot of money, she's achieving a whole lot more notoriety. It is perhaps disconcerting that a person might achieve whole new levels or fame and fortune thanks to a "gimmick," but that seems to be happening in this case. Of course, it's not ALL about the new-tech novelty; there is plenty of talent and musicality there as well.

A couple of months ago, a local festival that had already booked The Theresa Andersson Band reneged and cancelled her gig when she reported that she'd be showing up without any additional musicians. "We pay for bands, not solo acts" ~ and so they broke the contract and took her off the bill. Maybe next year, they'll reconsider.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Andersson 'Na Na Na'
From: GUEST,Lelia Marie
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 02:24 PM

I absolutely love Theresa. For all of you who posted saying that she is "missing that human interaction," I think she's definitely bringing a different edge. Imagine how difficult it must be to play an entire set by yourself. She creates human interaction by creating a wildly entertaining show.


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Subject: RE: Theresa Andersson 'Na Na Na'
From: PoppaGator
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 03:33 PM

Let me clairfy myself ~ even as I wrote that, I expected to be misunderstood, and wasn't satisfied that I'd adequately expressed what I was trying to say.

I never felt a lack of "human interaction" in Theresa's work except briefly, at the climactic ending of one of the pieces, when she's absolutley wailing over loops and loops of her various instruments and of her own backing-vocal voice parts. It's reminiscent of similar peak moments in other performances, when a singer is working in the more usual fashion, singing along with (and soaring above) his/her bandmates, and when the listener is treated to a feeling that is not only musical but also beyond music, something spiritual that has to do with the presence of multiple human persons.

Most of the time, throughout most of the songs, nothing at all feels like it's missing.

Now, I was struck by this (rather subtle) absence of an ensemble feeling in a videotape featuring the artist, her instruments and various technical accessories, and the pots and pans in her kitchen ~ but NO AUDIENCE. In a live-performance context, with a houseful of listeners fully engaged and at rapt attention, I'm pretty sure there'd be a whole different feeling ~ a whole lot MORE feeling.

"Degree of difficulty" is interesting, and worth discussing, but it's not the most important aspect of a musical performance. I'm a fan, and think that what Theresa is doing is great, but only secondarily because I'm impressed by her abilities. The main thing, and really the only important thing, is that her music is so wonderful. (And always has been, with or without bandmates.)


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